The Ford Bronco R failed to finish at this year’s Baja 1000 race, but rival Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Boot did manage to cross the finish line.
This doesn’t look great for the upcoming Ford Bronco. Last we heard from Ford Performance, they were issuing press releases on how well the Bronco did the last time it was put in the Baja 1000 race. That was way back in 1969, and it looks like things may have changed a bit in the intervening years.
Unlike in ‘69, the Ford Bronco R failed to finish at the Baja 1000 race. We don’t know exactly what happened, but we have a pretty good idea from several tweets issued by both Ford Performance and Ford spokesperson Mark Lavine.
The @SCOREintl #Baja1000 is one of the most grueling off-road races in the world - why we consistently test our latest off-road trucks in its conditions. We’re disappointed to not finish this year, but will continue to test & improve the #FordBroncoR. See you next year! pic.twitter.com/2VfQqvS3hg— Ford Performance (@FordPerformance) November 25, 2019
The last tweet we got was about a "cooling fan issue" roughly 580 miles into the race. After that, there were no updates from the Ford Performance Twitter account, so that was likely the straw that broke the Bronco's back. Before then, Levine tweeted about a shattered skid plate and a broken control arm, but there were likely other, less tweet-worthy issues that arose during the 1,000 miles race through the desert.
Or maybe we shouldn't call it entirely desert. Due to recent rainstorms, the course was uncharacteristically muddy in spots, which can really gum up the works. Combined with the usual pelting of rocks and the occasional blast of sand, and it's no wonder that over 45% of this year's entrants didn't finish.
View this post on Instagram
Boot beats Bronco! What a incredible accomplishment to finish first in class at the @scoreinternational Baja 1000 in a brand new vehicle. Huge shout out to the entire team that made this possible with their hard work and dedication. @glickenhaus @darrenskilton @m_rossey @viry_felix @jonofilth @jonkrellwitz @smithracewire @ford4kyle @sicnick @jesse_kuykendall @r_bosman @mattkiele @mint.fm_radio @carliedoeshair @jennavizcardo @rodotech74 @rava_1986 @danielv83 @cammoline @pat_grande1 @shotsfired33 @freestyleshai @chapman_aerial and everyone else that helped us get here. #baja1000 #racing #baja #offroad #desertracing #bajaboot #glickenhaus #armadaengineering
And while Ford can certainly be upset that the Bronco R didn't cross the finish line, they can't be too upset. The winning entry was a Ford Raptor trophy truck that completed the race in just over 16 hours.
Meanwhile, the rival entry from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus managed to complete the race and thus defeat the Bronco R. The Steve McQueen-inspired Boot managed a time of 33 hours, 59 minutes, and 13.9 seconds, finishing second to last out of 264 entrants. However, only two of those entrants were considered Class 2 vehicles: the Boot and the Bronco. The Boot was able to drive home, while the Bronco was carried away on a skiff.